AN EQUAL JUSTICE
by Chad Zunker
Inside a prestigious law firm, a rookie lawyer is pulled into a dark maze of lies and violence.
An ambitious Stanford graduate, David Adams has begun a fast-track career at Austin’s most prestigious law firm. It’s a personal victory for the rising superstar—a satisfying reversal from his impoverished and despairing childhood. Now he has the life he’s always wanted: an extravagant salary, a high-rise condo, a luxury SUV, and no limit to how far he can go in the eyes of the top partners.
But after the shocking suicide of a fellow associate—one who, in his final hours, offered David an ominous warning—he feels the pull of powerful forces behind the corporation’s enviable trappings.
A gripping thriller with a heart An Equal Justice hits the ground running. After a strong opening we meet David, the hero of the novel, a career obsessed lawyer, putting in the billable hours at his new law firm, a leading player in the world of corporate law. David has had a challenging life, his sister and hard graft getting him to his dream job with all its trappings. But it’s a stressful life, and a colleague has just succumbed to the pressures of the job. As with all crime fiction suicides, the reader suspects murder, and there’s plenty of suspicious signs.
After an altercation in an alley David is led to a secret camp for the homeless, a life changing experience, and his skills are soon in demand. After a cold killing, David decides to help a homeless man, against the wishes of his boss. A dark conspiracy is at play and David’s career, and love life, go from social climbing to social justice.
I liked the presence of Frank, the fixer for hire, and the character Benny, a nice guy who’s not what he seems. The chapters flew by, with surprises aplenty and taut writing. A highly recommended read that introduces a lawyer with legs. I’d be interested to see where Chad Zunker takes him.
About the author
CHAD ZUNKER studied journalism at The University of Texas, where he was also on the football team. He’s worked for some of the most powerful law firms in the country and invented baby products that are now sold all over the world. He has wanted to write full time since he took his first practice hit as a skinny freshman walk-on from a 6’5, 240 pound senior All-American safety — which crushed both him and his feeble NFL dreams. He lives in Austin with his wife, Katie, and their three daughters, where he is hard at work on his next novel.